13abc & ProMedica flip the switch on the holiday season with free tree lighting celebration

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13abc is teaming up with ProMedica to flip the switch on the holiday season.

On Friday November 30, 2018, 13abc Action News goes live from Promenade Park. Our team will be on-site for our newscasts from 5:00 – 6:30pm, joined by Santa and Mrs. Claus with musical performances by the Rossford band and gospel group Chris Byrd and True Victory leading up to the celebration at 7:00pm.

Characters presented by Laurel Princess Parties, LLC will be on site from 5-7pm.

Then, the ProMedica & 13abc Hope for the Holidays Celebration gets going from 7:00 – 8:00pm. It features musical guests, Santa and Mrs. Claus and several food trucks.

Musical performances include choirs from Woodward High School, Whitmer High School and Toledo School for the Arts.

Red Eye Pie and Smashdawg Food trucks will be on-site, selling food for attendees. Focaccia’s will also be serving hot cocoa and coffee.

The event is free. 13abc, the Salvation Army and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots program will be collecting new, unwrapped toys as part of the Hope for the Holidays Toy Drive. All donated toys will be given to local families through the Salvation Army and U.S. Marine Corps Reserves (Toys for Tots) programs. Families are selected via an application process, which has wrapped up for the 2018 holiday season.

If you can’t make it out to the celebration, you can watch it live on 13abc.com.

13abc partners include Vito’s Pizza, Arnold’s Home Improvement, Dave White Chevrolet and Acura and Jim White Toyota and Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer to present Hope for the Holidays. The joint effort started in 2011, bringing in more than 113,000 toys since its beginning that have been distributed locally.

Toys can also be dropped off at any of the following locations until Dec. 21, 2018:
13abc at 4247 Dorr St. in Toledo
Salvation Army at 620 N Erie St. in Toledo
Salvation Army at 1045 N Main St #8 in Bowling Green
Salvation Army at 509 S Main St. in Findlay
Arnold’s Home Improvement at 1770 Tremainsville Rd. in Toledo
Dave White Chevrolet at 5880 Monroe St. in Sylvania
Dave White Acura at 5868 Monroe St. in Sylvania
Jim White Toyota at 6123 Central Ave. in Toledo
Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer at 3516 Granite Cir. in Toledo
Vito’s Pizza locations at
*4035 Navarre Ave. in Oregon
*118 W. South Boundary St. in Perrysburg
*7060 Sylvania Ave. in Sylvania
*524 Main St. in Toledo
*3392 Lagrange St. in Toledo
*5145 Summit St. in Toledo
*315 South Detroit Ave. in Toledo
*4317 Heatherdowns Blvd. in Toledo
*4235 Douglas Rd. in Toledo
*5412 Monroe St. in Toledo
*2129 N. Reynolds Rd. in Toledo
*3130 W. Central Ave. in Toledo
*104 East Union St. in Walbridge